Social Impact

2,000 bags ($120,000 value) donated to in-need youths primarily in Africa.

Since 2007, we’ve become a major source of backpack donations to in-need youths in the San Francisco Bay Area and afar with over 2,000 backpacks donated. Our contributions have exceeded $120,000 in value. A vast majority of our donated backpacks have landed in the hands of school children in Africa. Recently, we learned that IVAR is the #1 backpack brand in a remote village in Africa due to our donations. A gentleman from this village visited us at a past trade show in the USA and delivered the news.

Our backpack donations consist of our main-production, high quality IVAR backpacks — not lower quality product or defective bags. Some of the primary charities we have supported are:

• Mikes Bike's Africa Program (School Children in Africa)
• The Guardsmen of San Francisco
• The Ritter Center (San Rafael, CA)
• The San Pedro School (San Rafael, CA)
• The Breast Cancer Emergency Fund's "This Old Bag" (San Francisco, CA)

Africa Program

Help Me Decide

Which IVAR Backpack is Best for Me?

Differences in Size.

All the current 2017 IVAR backpacks are virtually the same size with the exception of the Urban 20 model. The Urban 20 is 17" tall by 11" wide whereas the other models are approximately 19" tall by 12" to 13" wide. We consider the larger bags "standard day-pack" sized backpacks. The Urban 20 is considered a slightly smaller — yet a great size — backpack.

Which Size is Best for Me? — Size Guide

Our backpacks fit everyone, generally speaking. However, we like to make the following recommendations:

If your height is 5' 7" or taller, we recommend any of the current 2017 IVAR backpack models. Your choice will come down to styling, design, and colors offered — and size. The Urban 20 model is slightly smaller (17" tall by 11" wide) where as the other IVAR models are approximately the same size (19" tall by 12" to 13" wide). If your height is 5' 6" or shorter, we recommend the Urban 20 model. It's our slightly smaller backpack at 17" tall by 11" wide and would fit a body that's 5' 6" or shorter best. For adult women, we recommend the Urban 20 because, generally, it is the most appropriate backpack size for a woman's body. That said, if you don't mind a larger backpack that's 19" tall by 13" wide, one of the other backpack models would also work! For adult men, all the current 2017 IVAR backpacks would fit. As mentioned above, your choice will come down to styling, design, and colors offered — and size.

For smaller children, we recommend the smaller Urban 20 for the reasons expressed above. The Urban 20 fits a smaller body much more appropriately.

Best Choice for Everyday Urban Commuting.

Any of our backpacks would work! Your choice comes down to colors, styles, and size. Please the "Size Guide" above for our recommendations.

Best Choice for Travel.

For travel, you may want more capacity to carry your cargo. As such, we would recommend any of our backpacks. Take in mind that the Urban 20 model is the slightly smaller backpack option, yet still has great capacity. If you are carrying a lot of stuff, we would recommend one of the other models, however.

Best Choice for School or University.

Any of our backpacks would work! Your choice comes down to colors, styles, and size. Please the "Size Guide" above for our recommendations.